Indiana police want drones but laws restrict their usage

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s two largest police departments want drones to help monitor large gatherings or monitor traffic at large events, but state law restricts drone usage.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indiana State Police are both looking into acquiring drones, The Indianapolis Star reported (http://indy.st/2qPpogN ). At least 10 Indiana police agencies own drones.

Indiana law specifies that police departments are allowed to use drones for search-and-rescue efforts, to record crash scenes and to help in emergencies, but otherwise a warrant is required in order to use a drone. That means police likely won’t be able to fly them near large gatherings unless a terrorist attack or crime is feared.

The drone restrictions aim to protect people from unreasonable searches.

“Without that law, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t protect us as much as one might think it would,” said Shawn Boyne, a law professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of

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